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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The wicked wit of Jane Austen

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But while romance is a common thread in her work, autsen dismissed the sentimental style of writing so pupoalr at the time. Instead of ltfoy love stoires, her characters act naturally, and often awkwardly. They trade pragmatic advice, friendly jokes and not-so-friendly barbs about their arrogant peers. As they grapple with the endless ruels of their society, Austen’s characters can usually find hmour in all the hypocrisy, propriety, and small talk. As Mr. Bennet jokes to his fvriotae daughter, “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

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But while romance is a common thread in her work, ______ dismissed the sentimental style of writing so _______ at the time. Instead of _____ love _______, her characters act naturally, and often awkwardly. They trade pragmatic advice, friendly jokes and not-so-friendly barbs about their arrogant peers. As they grapple with the endless _____ of their society, Austen’s characters can usually find _____ in all the hypocrisy, propriety, and small talk. As Mr. Bennet jokes to his ________ daughter, “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

Solution

  1. lofty
  2. stories
  3. rules
  4. humor
  5. favorite
  6. popular
  7. austen

Original Text

But while romance is a common thread in her work, Austen dismissed the sentimental style of writing so popular at the time. Instead of lofty love stories, her characters act naturally, and often awkwardly. They trade pragmatic advice, friendly jokes and not-so-friendly barbs about their arrogant peers. As they grapple with the endless rules of their society, Austen’s characters can usually find humor in all the hypocrisy, propriety, and small talk. As Mr. Bennet jokes to his favorite daughter, “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

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